Saint Oscar Romero Icon -
30x40 - Birch Panel - 24ct Gold - Semi Precious Stones
Archbishop Oscar Romero, murdered in 1980 for speaking out against military oppression, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on Oct. 14, 2018. This Icon will be placed in a church named after the Archbishop in Eastvale, CA.
SYMBOLISM IN THE ICON
Gold Background - Soil from El Salvador was brought back by Fr. Patrick Kirsh and Michael Donaldson on a recent pilgrimage to El Salvador, where they walked in the same steps of Archbishop Romero. I had asked that they bring me soil from his country with the idea of placing El Salvador into the icon. I took the soil and ground it to a powder, and then mixed it with the paint that would cover the icon. Therefore El Salvador truly is in the icon. Real 24ct Gold was then placed over the paint. The Gold represents Heaven.
Gospels - In the four corners are the symbols for the gospels. Archbishop Romero began all his writings with text from the Gospels. The four Gospels are also represented at the site of his tomb.
Motto - Archbishop Romero’s episcopal motto: “sentir con la iglesia,” or “feel with
the church,” also translated as “to think with the church.”
The Altar - Archbishop Romero was the first archbishop killed at the altar since
St. Thomas Becket in 1170.
The Chalice - He is shown at the altar holding a chalice with the image of Christ
the Eternal High Priest. For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrew 7:17
The Pelican - The Pelican which is seen on the Vestment and Is sometimes
called “pelican in her piety” – was seen as a perfect symbol of Christ’s
sacrifice on the cross and the Eucharist. Just as the pelican would give its
blood to save its children, so Christ poured out his blood on the cross to save us
from our sins, and offers his blood to us in the Eucharist as spiritual drink.
Olive Branch - Symbol of Christian peace
“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty” - Archbishop Romero
Halo- The halo is red to represent his martyrdom, but it is also made up of the
woven fabric for which the people of his country are known. This halo not only
symbolizes his sainthood, but also the simplicity of the El Salvadorans he served
who were woven into his heart.
Crown of Martyrdom - Christians who have been martyred for their faith in God
and Jesus throughout history will not only be given this crown of life, but will also
be given some special rewards once they enter into heaven.
“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed,
thedevil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested,
and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give
you the CROWN OF LIFE.” (Revelation 2:10)
Sacred Heart - Monsignor Jesus Delgado, one of Romero’s friends and first
biographer, discovered pages of a diary Romero kept while he was a student in
Rome. The pages reveal a timid, but generous soul, with a solitary and mystical
bent, marked by a profound devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a deep
desire for sanctity.
Our Lady of Peace - Archbishop Romeo invoked the patron of El Salvador, Our
Lady of Peace, asking that she guide her children “to know the freedom, justice
and peace that Blessed Oscar Romero gave his life for.”
The Reliquary - This twelve inch reliquary shows two angels at the foot of the
cross looking upwards. Currently the reliquary holds a 3rd class relic while the
church prays for a first class relic to place inside the reliquary holder.
Prints of the icon are available on the Icons & Sacred Arts tab. If you are interested in an Icon plaque please go to my contact page and email me and I would be happy to send you information on how to obtain one.